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Riding lessons

Stat Box Racing name: Zoe Lion New name: Zoe Sire: Silent Landing Dam: Timely Weather Age: 10 Height: 16 Color: Dark bay An English lit grad and former captain of the UMass Dartmouth equestrian team finds one of the hardest lessons these days is making a circle. Intellect and athlete Meghan Bilz says she has a renewed respect for that curvaceous geometric shape, and for that matter, the straight line, when riding in a dressage saddle on her off-track Thoroughbred (and study partner) Zoe. “I’ve got a hunter/jumper background, and I always thought a circle was just a circle, and […]

Flying over fences

Tattoo: 8338457 Tattoo: 8745603 Racing name: Gitche Lantern Racing name: Cool Caveat New name: Prudential New name: Dreyfus Sire: Gitche Gumee Sire: Caveat Dam: Lantern Dam: Tres Elegante Height: 15.3 Height: 16.3 A small mare with a temperament that made her no good for reselling was agile as a deer over jumps, always landing on her feet to save her owner from ‘human error.’ The 15.3-hand Thoroughbred performed this way at Kentucky’s Rolex and major East Coast shows before retiring. Another off-track Thoroughbred in Stephanie Baer’s barn is a gelding sired by Belmont Stakes winner Caveat. On him, the upper-level […]

Linda Novak Scruton aboard Nate

Ex-racehorses her safest ride

Linda Novak Scruton is not exactly an equestrian daredevil. Whether it’s her personality that makes her naturally leery of spooky horses or family considerations that come from being a wife and mother, Scruton reflexively tempers her all-out love of horses with a desire to be safe at all times. Admitting she can be a little nervous in the saddle, Scruton did not do what so many equally cautious riders have done—seek out high-priced Warmblood dealers for the ideal “cool, calm, and collected,” equine. Instead, she found her bombproof babies off racetracks. “This week I rode in a windstorm that knocked […]